The Managing Director,
Transmission Company of Nigeria, Alhaji Usman Gur says the Federal Government
in collaboration with international donor agencies has set aside over 1.61
billion dollars to ensure constant power supply in the country.
Gur, who is also the
Chief Executive Officer of the TCN revealed this on Sunday in Kano State while
briefing newsmen at the Kumbotso power sub-station.
According to him, the
project will be carried out under the Transmission Rehabilitation Expansion
“We are rehabilitating
and expanding to degree 20, 000 Mega Watts by 2022 across the country,” he
He noted that the
federal government has already earmarked about N32 billion to compensate
Nigerians whose lands, houses and farms could be affected by the Righ-Of-Way to
create Power Lines for the execution of the project.
“The total amount that we are going to pay for compensation across the country is about N32 billion. And the total project cost is 1.61 billion dollars. The project will be supported by various international donors.
“The compensation for
right-of-way from Kumbotso sub-station to Rimi Zagara will cost about N3
billion. We have not completely validated it. The total cost for compensation
across the country being provided by the Federal Government,” he said.
Football Association is set to battle it out with the Nigeria Football
Federation for the services of Bayern Munich goal machine Melissa Ugochukwu.
she has a German passport, Ugochukwu has Nigerian background through her
debuting for Bayern Munich’s U17 team in the 2017-2018 seasons, the 2003-born
striker has been involved in 37 games in the B-Juniorinnen U17 Bundesliga Süd,
scoring an impressive 19 goals.
has not been capped by Germany but she is believed to be on the radar of the
German Football Association, having represented Bayern’s regional selection.
most notable player of Nigerian descent to represent Germany’s Women’s teams is
Navina Omilade-Keller who won the
Champions League with Wolfsburg in 2013 and Ugochukwu could follow in her
footsteps if she is not convinced to pledge her allegiance to the Super
Eagles defender Leon Balogun was eligible for Germany before becoming cap-tied
Karim Adeyemi, Kevin Akpoguma, Felix Uduokhai,
Jordan Torunarigha and Emmanuel Iyoha have earned competitive caps for
Germany’s youth teams but remain eligible to turn out for the Super Eagles
AFRICA is the second most populous continent
with over one billion people in the world. Sadly, the greatest number of births
in the continent takes place in Nigeria. In fact, a forecast at a point did a
project that by 2015; one-fifth of the continent’s entire births would take
place in Nigeria alone, accounting for five per cent of all global births which
was relatively a reality. Presently, Nigeria’s population is over 180 million.
Most critical is the United Nations statistics which reports that 48 per cent
of Nigeria’s population is under the age of 15 – comparatively a country of the
young. And notwithstanding the fact that the population of children under the
age of five years currently stands at nearly 31 million, no less than seven
million new-born babies are added yearly without considering the implications.
Meanwhile, over two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line.
The human body essentially requires seven major types of
nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, fibre, minerals, protein, vitamins, and water.
Unfortunately, numerous families rarely have good square meals. On the other
hand, a high fraction suffers malnutrition due to ignorance of dietary.
For instance, there are whole lots of natural, affordable
foods and edibles that can boost nutrition but either unknown or
ignored. Archetypes are grasshoppers which, according to research
have 20 grams of protein and just 6g of fat per 100g, while crickets are good
sources of iron, zinc and calcium. Amazingly, grasshoppers contain more protein
than beef with a whopping 72 per cent protein content, including all essential
amino acids, and without saturated fat or cholesterol.
In the most pathetic class are the large but poor families
who due to ignorance have more children than necessary. Indisputably, unplanned
pregnancies and births have continued to result to large families, regrettably
without commensurate livelihoods, thereby often settling for whatever is
available for survival, with or without nutritional contents.
Instructively, nutrition is the supply of food materials
required by organisms and cells to stay alive. Nutrition also focuses on how
diseases can be prevented or reduced with a healthy diet and how certain
diseases may be caused by dietary factors, such as poor diet, food allergy and
Remarkably, the use of the ‘Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Food’,
RUTF, an initiative of UNICEF, has turned out to be a fêted relief as evidently
shown in checkmating child malnutrition, albeit costly. This was evidenced by
the health conditions of children who were hitherto malnourished but
administered accordingly in the critical areas of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe
states of the North-East.
Nonetheless, the crux of the matter is that despite these
interventions from UNICEF with support from the Department for International
Development, DFID, in providing succours to the critical areas, about 258,950
children, boys and girls may still suffer Severe-Acute-Malnutrition, SAM, in
the three states in 2020, according to Nutrition Sector annual projections.
Reportedly, a budget of N5billion is needed for the procurement of 258,950
cartons for the number.
UNICEF-Nigeria, funding has been secured for merely 29,314 cartons of RUTF with
a funding gap of N4.4 billion for these unfortunate victims. Sadly, nutrition
experts avowed that children suffering from SAM are four to eleven times more
likely to die compared to their healthy counterparts. Altogether, an estimated
2.5 million boys and girls under the age of five suffer from severe acute
malnutrition yearly in Nigeria.
Statistically, the Nutrition Survey reported that the
prevalence of Global-Acute-Malnutrition, GAM, in children below five years is
11% in Borno, 13% in Yobe and 6% Adamawa, which indicates very high levels of
malnutrition in Nigeria, according to WHO (World Health Organisation)
UNICEF, on the other hand, affirmed that one in every two
child deaths under the age of five is attributed to malnutrition. And if not
timely identified and treated, malnutrition has serious and permanent
consequences in the growth and development of children. Above all, it causes
irreversible brain damage and compromised intellectual capacity in adulthood
leading to reduced productivity which accounts for an estimated 16 per cent
loss in the Growth Domestic Product, GDP.
According to the 2019 World Population Review, WPR,
Nigeria’s population will hit 206 million by 2020, and 264 million by 2030 –
crossing the 300 million thresholds around 2036. In absolute terms, Nigeria is
projected to add from 2031 to 2050 an additional 224 million babies (21 per
cent of the births in Africa and eight per cent of all births in the world).
Thus, Nigeria alone will possibly account for almost one-tenth of all births in
the world if not checked.
Understanding this demographic transition and conscientiously putting in place realistic interventionist policies will be helpful in securing a robust, thriving nation of our dreams. For instance, research had shown that in 16 African countries, including Nigeria, less than 20 percent of women of reproductive age are acquainted with contraceptive methods, hence producing babies without restraints. In the event, an indisputable practicable panacea is family planning. By its awareness, more women will practically have access to modern contraceptives, thereby reducing numbers of unintended pregnancy to the minimum. In other words, promoting family planning is a desideratum in addressing population upsurge. Similarly, sensitization on diets and having small families to cater for will reduce child malnutrition.
non-governmental organization, Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative, has urged
the National Industrial Court to declare that the Federal Government is
subjecting Nigerian workers to forced labour with its failure to pay the N30,
000 minimum wage since April.
Counsel for the Incorporated
Trustees of LRAI, Olumide Babalola, contended in the suit filed at the NIC, Abuja
division, that the Federal Government’s non-payment of the N30, 000 minimum
wage was a breach of Section 9(2)(c) of the National Minimum Wage (Amendment)
“The respondent’s payment of
salaries less than the minimum wage constitutes forced labour in violation of
the provision of Section 34(1)(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended),” the lawyer said.
In a 10-paragraph
affidavit filed in support of the suit, LRAI’s Project Director, Olivia
Audu said she was aware that the two chambers of the National Assembly had
earlier this year passed the National Minimum Wage (Repeal and Re-enactment)
Bill 2019 into law.
“In April 2019, the respondent
(Federal Government) assented to the said bill thereby making it an Act of the
“The provision of Section 3 of
the Act increased minimum wage to N30, 000 with effect from April 2019.
“I know, as a fact that since
April 2019 up till the time of filing this suit, the respondent has been paying
less than N30, 000 stipulated as the minimum wage in the new Act.
“I know that the workers
affected do not have a choice of work elsewhere, hence they are forced to
remain in the employment of the respondent in spite of the inadequacy of wages
“I believe that from the
particulars given above, the respondent’s act of paying less than the minimum
wage violates the workers right to dignity of the human person and it amounts
to forced labour,” Audu said.